Behind a dominant first-half performance from junior forward Sarah Zeitler, the Tacoma Baptist Lady Crusaders outlasted Fife for a 39-27 win on Saturday. Zeitler scored 17 of her game-high 23 points in the first half, while adding nine rebounds for Tacoma Baptist.
Holding a slim 11-8 lead midway through the second quarter, Zeitler ripped off eight points in two minutes to help give the Crusaders a 21-10 lead at the half. The Trojans closed to within 25-18 thanks to a couple baskets by Karli Knudson midway through the third quarter, but started getting in foul trouble late in the period. Forward Breanna Richardson – who led Fife with 11 points and 11 rebounds – picked up her fourth foul late in the third quarter, and Katie Cameron converted both free throws to give the Crusaders a 29-20 lead heading into the fourth. The Crusaders extended the lead to 35-22 after baskets by Amy Kliewer, Ashley Brooks and Jane Cooksley on consecutive possessions early in the fourth quarter.
Brooks and Becca McDonald finished with four points apiece for Tacoma Baptist, while Cameron had 11 rebounds.
The Crusaders’ boys didn’t fare as well later in the day, falling 57-32 to Fife after suffering key injuries to to cripple an already-thin roster. Tacoma Baptist took a quick 5-2 lead on Brandon Stoehr’s three-pointer three minutes in, and trailed just 13-11 after the first quarter. But forward Taylor Martindale took a hard hit inside and was forced to leave early in the game, and didn’t return. Dalton Wintersole tied it 13-13 two minutes into the second quarter, but the Crusaders would be held scoreless the rest of the half as Fife went on a 10-0 run. After Wintersole scored to cut it to 25-17 early in the second half, Fife launched another 10-0 run – with Wintersole being forced to leave in the middle of it with an injury – and the Trojans held a commanding 40-21 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Drew Jordan led the Crusaders with 10 points, while Wintersole and Stoehr finished with eight points apiece. Alex Lemoncelli led Fife with 13 points, while Brock Carpenter had 12 points and eight rebounds.